Kafr Rosh HaNikra
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After Akko in the morning we visited Rosh HaNikra in the afternoon. Rosh HaNikra, which means Head of the Grottoes, is a kibbutz in northern Israel very near neighbouring country Lebanon. The place Kafr Rosh HaNikra has a population of 746 inhabitants, but that is not why we where visiting it. We visited the caves of Rosh HaNikra, the " White Eliphant" on the coast line and the old rail line which was important during World War II. Now the rail line is closed. The coastal rail line used to continue from the Nahariya Train Station to Lebanon by way of Rosh HaNikra where there was a bridge and railway tunnel. Built by Australian, New Zealand and South African troops during World War II in order to move troops and supplies in the area during the Syria-Lebanon campaign, it was part of the Haifa-Beirut-Tripoli line. Israeli forces bombed the rail bridge during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the remnants of this line can be seen at Rosh HaNikra, where we saw a virtual "train ride to peace" movie inside the sealed tunnel that used to go into Lebanon.
After the movie we visited the small caves in the coast and after that the lime stone coast. A tourist attracktion is the "White Eliphant", a natural figure in the coast due to the stone and sea. After the visted we went back to the hotel in Haifa.